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post #61 of 111
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Originally Posted by HDMe2 View Post

Well... so much for that theory... the problem came back. It looks like if I don't use this thing every day, it goes into hibernation... and won't come on unless I unplug it... then sometimes locks up and has to be reset. I don't know what happened... but it happened fairly recently to become unreliable. Once I get it "working" it seems to go fine and play whatever I want to watch... but then goes back to misbehaving the next day.

 

Weird. Might be time to contact Sony techsup. Since I haven't experienced what you're describing, all I can do is speculate, and maybe suggest some possible workarounds...

 

- Remove all discs/media from the player when you turn it off.

 

- Turn the TV on before the player.

 

- Operate the player in a cool, well-ventilated area (since there's no internal fan).

 

- There's a setting for "Fast-On" or "Power-Saving Mode" in the Easy Setup (after you do a Reset). You might try switching that to a different setting than you normally use.

 

- Plug the player into a surge-protector/powerstrip, if you haven't already.

 

- Change "AUTO" settings to optimum settings for your TV/equipment for as many parameters as possible (so the player doesn't have to interrogate your equipment each time it starts up, to determine the best settings to use).

 

Maybe a little more info about the other equipment you're using would help debug this as well.


Edited by ADU - 8/22/12 at 8:16pm
post #62 of 111

FYI, since there's still no firmware update on the S185 to repair the green push/clipping in the HDMI RGB color mode, I switched back over to the S390 instead. After installing the latest firmware, the S390 now passes my PNG, JPEG and DVD tests* for green push and color clipping in the HDMI RGB mode.

 

(*Still don't have a proper calibration disc for testing Blu-rays though.)


Edited by ADU - 8/22/12 at 8:14pm
post #63 of 111

A new firmware upgrade was released for this player a few days ago on 8-28 (M09.R.0054).

 

Perhaps this repairs the green clipping/push in the HDMI RGB Color mode like some of the other recent Sony updates for the S390, S590 and S790?

post #64 of 111

Another feature users might want to turn off is the BD Audio MIX Setting in the AUDIO SETTINGS. According to the manual (and a user in the S390/S590 thread), this needs to be turned OFF to enable HD multi-channel audio output.

 

Also, if you're having difficulty getting the remote to work to turn the player on/off or navigate menus, make sure the batteries are seated well and making good contacts in the remote.

post #65 of 111

Another feature to consider turning off is the Auto Display option in the System Settings. I was havin some problems with discs locking up on my S390 when using the Fast Forward/Reverse on the remote. It may be just coincidence, but turning Auto Display Off seems to have helped with or possibly ameliorated that issue.

 

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Originally Posted by ADU View Post

 

make sure the batteries are seated well and making good contacts in the remote.

 

And make sure they still have juice left in 'em! (D'oh!)

post #66 of 111
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Originally Posted by ADU View Post

Another feature to consider turning off is the Auto Display option in the System Settings. I was havin some problems with discs locking up on my S390 when using the Fast Forward/Reverse on the remote. It may be just coincidence, but turning Auto Display Off seems to have helped with or possibly ameliorated that issue.

LOVE being able to turn off the display.
Apart from not needing it generally, I needed this player for a public screening. Having no display then was a godsend.
post #67 of 111

^Yeah. That feature was a bit of a nuisance. Much easier just to invoke it manually using the Display button on the remote, if you ever need it. Alot of Blu-ray discs will have their own timeline that pops-up when skipping chapters or doing a fast-forward/reverse, so the Auto Display feature is sort of redundant anyway.

 

FYI, I haven't experienced any lockups when doing chapter skips or fast-forward/reverse since I turned the Auto Display option Off.


Edited by ADU - 10/9/12 at 2:08pm
post #68 of 111
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Originally Posted by HDMe2 View Post

Well... so much for that theory... the problem came back. It looks like if I don't use this thing every day, it goes into hibernation... and won't come on unless I unplug it... then sometimes locks up and has to be reset. I don't know what happened... but it happened fairly recently to become unreliable. Once I get it "working" it seems to go fine and play whatever I want to watch... but then goes back to misbehaving the next day.

 

HDMe2,

 

FYI, I am having some "boot-up" problems similar to this on my S390 (which is basically the same model as the S185 + WiFi). This is with the latest firmware installed.

 

If the player goes unused for a few days or a week or so, I'll often get an error message the next time I try to use it, saying something like: "Disc not recognized". I've gotten this error on both DVDs and Blu-rays. So it does seem like a bug somewhere in the software or hardware that needs to be corrected.

 

I'm still experimenting with the player to get a better understanding of when and how the problem occurs, so I don't have a reliable work-around/fix at this point. But last time it occurred the discs played fine after the power was cycled off-and-on again once or twice, possibly with a disc left in the tray.

 

It could possibly be related to some setting on the player. I've been using the "Power-Saving Mode" for example, which shuts the player down completely, instead of "Fast-On"... So that's one possibility.

 

I also have the player plugged into a power strip, and I normally turn the power strip off when the player is not in use, so it's not receiving any power at all. (The player still retains all of my configuration settings though, even when the power strip has been turned off for a good 12 hours or more.)

 

The problem could also possibly be related to the Cinavia software... This all just speculation though. If I figure out a better work-around, or can isolate the source of the problem, I'll post more info here.


Edited by ADU - 10/9/12 at 8:03pm
post #69 of 111
Mine has gotten steadily worse... to the point where tonight it mostly doesn't come on at all... even if I hold the power button down for a while. On the rare times I can get it to come on... it barely makes it through the initial startup before locking up and turning itself back off.

While it could be firmware related... IF that is the case, I can't get it to run to the point of even checking for firmware... so there would be no way to update and "fix" it.

Right now I'm leaning towards power supply issues... Everything else I own works fine... and just to be safe I tried another set of outlets with no change.

I am in search of my receipt and figure it is time to stop playing with it and get it exchanged/repaired while I'm still within my warranty period.
post #70 of 111

^ Sounds like a good move. Not sure my problem with the S390 is the same as yours, but I got another "Disc Not Recognized" error when booting Prometheus recently. I should emphasize, that as far as I can tell, there is nothing wrong with the disc, because it played perfectly the night before without any issues. I was able to "fix" the "Disc Not Recognized" error though by simply powering the player off and then back on again, with the disc left in the drive. The disc came right up the 2nd time, and played fine.

 

It's possible my issue is a case of "user error", because I have (or had) a habit of ejecting the disc tray and inserting discs while the player is still powering on and performing it's initial boot sequence, which may not be a good idea. That could be confusing the player/disc-drive causing the disc recognition error. That's one theory anyway... but I'm not sure it's the right one yet.

post #71 of 111
My Samsung player would misbehave if I didn't let it fully power on before inserting a disc. I used to open the tray and insert a disc while it was powering up... and had more "disc error" messages than if I waited for full power-up before opening the tray... so you may be onto something there.
post #72 of 111
I have just bought the BDP-S185 as my first blu-ray player, it emits the most irritating high pitched noise constantly to various degrees when playing discs. The noise actually makes me feel nauseous at its worst - i assume this isn't normal but i guess there would be some noise
post #73 of 111
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Originally Posted by teulk View Post

I have just bought the BDP-S185 as my first blu-ray player, it emits the most irritating high pitched noise constantly to various degrees when playing discs. The noise actually makes me feel nauseous at its worst - i assume this isn't normal but i guess there would be some noise

Return it.

PQ for blu rays is great, but the vibration is unacceptable.

As a crude fix, you can place a paper-weight on top of the player to reduce the vibration. Place it near the front, left or right, trial and error will tell you what works.
post #74 of 111

You might also try using it on a different type of surface. A flat smooth surface that the rubber feet will "stick" to is better than a more roughly textured surface (like particle-board or bare wood, for example) where the player can move and vibrate more freely.

 

As mentioned earlier though, the S185 is pretty lightly built and mostly made of plastic, so it will tend to vibrate more easily (and noisily) than heavier, more sturdily built metal players. Excellent picture quality though on the unit.


Edited by ADU - 10/31/12 at 4:26pm
post #75 of 111
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Originally Posted by HDMe2 View Post

My Samsung player would misbehave if I didn't let it fully power on before inserting a disc. I used to open the tray and insert a disc while it was powering up... and had more "disc error" messages than if I waited for full power-up before opening the tray... so you may be onto something there.

 

^ I think that may be the problem I was having. I have not had any disc recognition errors since I started waiting for the player to finish it's boot cycle before inserting discs.

post #76 of 111
Thanks for the replies, here is the response from Sony Support :-

We are sorry to learn that your BDP-S185 is making a loud disc spinning noise.

Before determining that your player is faulty, I would suggest trying the following steps:

1- Power cycle your Player by disconnecting the mains and all the cables from the back for a couple of hours and reconnect them back

2- Reset the Bluray player to its factory defaults as follows:

- Press SYSTEM MENU on the remote - system Settings- resetting.

3- Your Bluray may also need a firmware update, please read the instructions carefully before applying the update:

http://sony.co.uk/support/en/product/BDP-S185/downloads/BDP69G_v0042

Otherwise, you will need to contact the nearest authorized service center for inspection and repair, please visit www.sony.co.uk/support/en/repair/asc

I hope the above is of some assistance and please never hesitate to reply to this email in case you need any further help.



I will certainly try all the suggestions given in the previous posts, as for Sony's response, well i have done what they have asked and as for taking it to my nearest Sony Service Center it would be far quicker and less hassle for me to walk to the store i bought it from and get it replaced.
post #77 of 111
Folks:

I bought this BDP-S185 on a good deal and thought I'd make it wifi ready in the future. Well the future is now and I'd like to know what my option are. It has an either net port/connector on the back but also USB connectors on the back and front. Here is my question. Can just add any old wireless USB dongle to it and that will work, or do I have to pay a TON for the Sony's USB wireless dongle?

Thanks

TKH
post #78 of 111
No, if you want to use a USB dongle, it has to be sony's. But you can use anything that plugs into ethernet, like a bridge or gaming adapter. It's usually best to just get a new wifi player.
post #79 of 111
Understood. Or perhaps when I get a new TV get one with wi-fi.
post #80 of 111
Found out from Sony support that this player supports Dolby Pro Logic II in Netflix streaming. You have to go into Audio Settings and set the Downmix to "Surround" (defaults to "Stereo").

A great little player for $80.
post #81 of 111
Hello all, I wonder if anyone can help me with a technical issue I currently have please?

I recently acquired a Sony BDP-S185 and hooked it up to my TV using HDMI. The picture quality is superb, however I can only seem to receive music audio and no voice/effects audio.

I have tried every possible combination of audio settings in the bluray player menu and nothing appears to work.

I can only get voice audio on certain discs only if they have a 2.0 ch setting but can never receive voice through the 5.1 ch setting with discs that use Dolby or DTS. I have tried the player on other televisions where there is no problem at all. I have also tried the player with an RCA cable where there is also no problem even using the 5.1 ch audio setting on the disc.

I am baffled as to why I can only receive music audio through HDMI when the disc setting is 5.1 ch sound. Some of my discs do not have the option to switch to 2.0 ch sound so they are currently rendered useless.

Thanks in advance.
post #82 of 111
check your tv settings since you indicate the player works with other tv's. You didn't indicate which tv is giving you a problem... makes it hard to help much more.
post #83 of 111
The TV is a Logik L22LID648, it doesn't really have many audio settings to adjust apart from volume, balance and equaliser
post #84 of 111
you are looking for the hdmi options on the tv
post #85 of 111
There are no HDMI options on the TV. There is a setting on the bluray player to force stereo sound as opposed to surround but still nothing.

I don't understand how the music is fine and some effects but no voice. If the handshake between the the two devices wasn't working then surely there would be no sound at all?
post #86 of 111
the voice is in the center channel which if you don't have one, then you will have a problem.
post #87 of 111
Ok thanks. Player will be going back and I'll stick to DVD
post #88 of 111
Sounds like you've already tried this, but all you should have to do is go into the audio settings on the player and set audio to pcm, bdmix to off, dts neo to off, dolby and dts to downmix, and downmix to stereo.
post #89 of 111

Sony BDP-S185 Cutting in and out

Let me first explain my setup I have an
LG 50PA6500-> 30-50ft Triplite hdmi over cat6-> Onkyo NR-TX606-> Sony BDP-S185
Let me state this also I've used a Uverse box, xbox 360, PS3, WiiU behind the Onkyo with out any issue at all.
So the issue is when I turn the BDP on my tv will flicker and if it flickers enough it will turn off. I moved said bluray player to another tv works fine turned off advance hdmi features such as control tv etc. put it back on the Onkyo same issue.
I launch Netflix screen stops flickering but I notice missing pixels while playing video, this just may be a UDP loss problem but none of my other Netflix devices do this.
I've tried different HDMI cables, 720i,720p,1080i, 1080p but still does it.
Any ideas?
Thanks
post #90 of 111
turn off deep color... your cabling is pushing the limits on hdmi.... If that doesn't help, select 720p output to further reduce bandwidth requirements.
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